2018 Central League Climax Series Schedule and Results

Final Stage

Best of Seven (Hiroshima has one game advantage)

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/17 Wed 18:00 1 Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/18 Thu 18:00 2 Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/19 Fri 18:00 3 Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/20 Sat 13:30 4 Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/21 Sun 13:30 5 Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/22 Mon 18:00 6 Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/23 Tue 18:00 alt Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    
10/24 Wed 18:00 alt Mazda Stadium Yomiuri   Hiroshima    

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2018 Pacific League Climax Series Schedule and Results

Final Stage

Best of Seven (Seibu has one game advantage)

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/17 Wed 18:00 1 MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/18 Thu 18:00 2 MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/19 Fri 18:00 3 MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/20 Sat 14:00 4 MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/21 Sun 13:30 5 MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/22 Mon 18:00 6 MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/23 Tue 18:00 alt MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    
10/24 Wed 18:00 alt MetLife Dome Softbank   Seibu    

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Link Highlights for October 2018

Postseason

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HAN

[10/15/2018] Akihiro Yano to take over as new Tigers Ichi-gun Manager

The Hanshin Tigers announced that Akihiro Yano accepted their offer to become their next Ichi-gun manager.

Notes from various reports:

  • Yano struggled with the decision, but ultimately felt it was something he had to do.
  • The Tigers made Yano an official offer to become the next Ichi-gun manager on October 13 in Miyazaki. The Tigers met Yano for a second time at their office after Yano returned to Osaka on October 14. Yano returned home for some time to think and discuss his options with family and friends.
  • Before Tomoaki Kanemoto’s departure (announced on October 11), Yano was slated to become the next head coach.
  • Yano guided the Ni-gun team to a championship this year.
  • According to Tokyo Sports, Yano might have his work cut out for him: the new officials at the top reportedly got Kanemoto to step down and may not be willing to spend a lot on improving the team.

Source: Hanshin 10/15/2018, Sanspo 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018, ZakZak 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018, Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018

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LOT

Chiba Lotte Marines: 2018 Fall Camp

The Chiba Lotte Marines released some information about fall camp:

  • October 31 (Wed) – November 16 (Fri)
  • Days off: November 5 (Mon), 12 (Mon)
  • Venue: Kamogawa Athletics Park Baseball Field

Source: Lotte 10/15/2018

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YAK

[10/15/2018] Shinichi Takeuchi to retire

The media learned on October 14 that thirty-four-year-old Shinichi Takeuchi is planning to retire. The Yakult Swallows could offer him a job in the organization. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.

Source: Sanspo 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018

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YAK

2018 Yakult Swallows Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
野口寿浩 Toshihiro Noguchi Ichi-gun Battery Coach [10/15] Noguchi is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
赤堀元之 Motoyuki Akahori Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/15] Akahori is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
衣川篤史 Atsushi Kinugawa Scorer [10/15] The Swallows could offer Kinugawa a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. Sanspo 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
松岡健一 Kenichi Matsuoka Retiring [10/15] Matsuoka could remain in the organization as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Sanspo 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
三木肇 Hajime Miki Ni-gun Chief Coach [10/15] There is a good chance Miki will not return next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018  
野村克則 Katsunori Nomura Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/15] There is a good chance Nomura will not return next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018  
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YOK

[10/14/2018] Yokohama’s Imanaga, Mikami, Kuniyoshi, Aoyagi to play in Australian Baseball League

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Shota Imanaga, Tomoya Mikami, Yuki Kuniyoshi, and Koki Aoyagi are slated to play in the Australian Baseball League this winter.

  • Canberra Cavalry
  • From early-November until late-January 2019
  • Plans can change without notice
  • Periods of participation will be different for each player

Source: Yokohama 10/14/2018

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LOT

2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
角中勝也 Katsuya Kakunaka [10/14] Kakunaka is planning to consider all his options, including the domestic free agent option he earned in September this year. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018
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LOT

2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
河野亮 Ryo Kawano Former Rakuten Coach [10/15] The Marines are planning to offer Kawano a job as hitting coach. Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018  
鶴岡一成 Kazunari Tsuruoka Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/15] Tsuruoka is not expected go return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
福沢洋一 Yoichi Fukuzawa Ni-gun General Coach [10/15] Fukuzawa is not expected go return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
大隣憲司 Kenji Otonari Retiring [10/15] Otonari will become a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018  
根元俊一 Shunichi Nemoto Retiring [10/15] Nemoto will become a Ni-gun infield/base coach next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018  
岡田幸文 Yoshifumi Okada Retiring [10/15] Okada will be assigned a coaching role with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves. Sponichi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
金沢岳 Takeshi Kanazawa Retiring [10/14] Kanazawa is set to take on the role of Ni-gun battery coach. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018  
OUT 小林雅英 Masahide Kobayashi Pitching Coach [10/14] The Marines will not offer Kobayashi a new contract. 10/14
OUT 金森栄治 Eiji Kanamori Hitting Coach [10/07] The Marines will not offer Kanamori a new contract. 10/14
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[10/13/2018] 2018 Pacific League Attendance and Game Times

Attendance

  Nippon Ham Rakuten Seibu Lotte Orix Softbank Inter-League Home
Nippon Ham     372,175
31,015
12 331,401
27,617
12 328,170
25,244
13 365,014
28,078
13 329,547
27,462
12 242,609
26,957
9 1,968,916
27,731
71
Rakuten 314,884
24,222
13     326,017
25,078
13 295,088
24,591
12 282,878
23,573
12 288,410
22,185
13 218,727
24,303
9 1,726,004
23,972
72
Seibu 358,395
27,569
13 326,640
27,220
12     278,276
23,190
12 241,671
20,139
12 323,239
24,865
13 234,953
26,106
9 1,763,174
24,833
71
Lotte 283,682
23,640
12 297,108
22,854
13 306,967
23,613
13     238,393
19,866
12 299,435
23,033
13 239,548
26,616
9 1,665,133
23,127
72
Orix 248,807
20,734
12 220,061
16,928
13 280,346
21,565
13 283,420
21,802
13     333,592
27,799
12 259,139
28,793
9 1,625,365
22,575
72
Softbank 487,704
37,516
13 423,373
35,281
12 436,397
36,366
12 404,880
33,740
12 481,190
37,015
13     333,010
37,001
9 1,566,554
36,149
71
Road 1,693,472
26,881
63 1,639,357
26,441
62 1,681,128
26,685
63 1,589,834
25,642
62 1,609,146
25,954
62 1,574,223
25,954
63 1,527,986
28,296
54 11,315,146
26,376
429
Inter-League 317,365
35,263
9 302,065
33,563
9 287,934
31,993
9 257,308
28,590
9 268,616
29,846
9 298,344
33,149
9     1,731,632
32,067
54

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[10/13/2018] 2018 Central League Attendance and Game Times

Attendance

  Hiroshima Yakult Yomiuri Yokohama Chunichi Hanshin Inter-League Home
Hiroshima     361,611
30,134
12 378,518
31,543
12 410,528
31,579
13 407,819
31,371
13 409,199
31,477
13 264,425
29,381
9 2,232,100
31,001
72
Yakult 394,380
30,337
13     307,464
25,622
12 365,651
28,127
13 296,376
24,698
12 349,167
29,097
12 214,784
23,865
9 1,927,822
27,152
71
Yomiuri 524,183
40,322
13 529,534
40,733
13     483,158
40,263
12 524,880
40,375
13 533,317
44,443
12 407,275
45,253
9 3,002,347
41,699
72
Yokohama 342,823
28,569
12 345,705
28,809
12 368,459
28,343
13     364,427
28,033
13 370,844
28,526
13 235,664
26,185
9 2027,922
28,166
72
Chunichi 361,750
30,146
12 344,647
26,511
13 408,974
34,081
12 365,795
30,483
12     402,880
30,991
13 262,360
29,151
9 2,146,406
30,231
71
Hanshin 509,875
42,490
12 515,439
39,649
13 589,697
45,361
13 477,506
39,792
12 459,335
38,278
12     347,124
38,569
9 2,898,976
40,831
71
Road 2,133,011
34,403
62 2,096,936
33,285
63 2,053,112
33,115
62 2,102,638
33,914
62 2,052,837
32,585
63 2,065,407
32,784
63 1,731,632
32,067
54 14,235,573
33,183
429
Inter-League 282,420
31,380
9 224,760
24,973
9 292,270
32,474
9 257,007
28,556
9 231,753
25,750
9 239,776
26,642
9     1,527,986
28,296
54

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YOM

[10/13/2018] Takayuki Terauchi to retire

Thirty-five-year-old Takayuki Terauchi will be retiring this year. He was senryokugai’ed by the Yomiuri Giants earlier this month and did not want to think about playing for another team.

Notes

  • He visited Giants Stadium on October 12 to thank teammates and staff for their support over the years.
  • He was able to do everything he wanted over his twelve-year career, though he regrets missing the opportunity to play at Ichi-gun this year.
  • He did not want to think about tryouts or playing for other teams after he turned thirty, so his focus was to do the best he could to extend his career with the Giants for as long as possible.
  • He remembers the home runs he hit off Kenta Maeda and Masahiro Tanaka, but more than that, he remembers his twelve-year career and how he never thought he would be able to make it when he first joined the Giants.

Source: Yomiuri 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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